A man will be charged with drink driving after a 4WD lost control and ploughed through a guard rail before plunging off a bridge in Ballan early on Wednesday morning.
Emergency crews were called in to the scene on the Ballan-Egerton Road following reports the vehicle had left the road and fallen three metres down a steep embankment of the Moorabool River East Branch about 12.30am.
Police allege the Mount Egerton man was driving his Isuzu D-MAX when it crashed into the metal guard rail before coming to rest on a dramatic angle.
He narrowly avoided serious injury in the incident and was conveyed by road to Bacchus Marsh police station, where he was breath tested.
Police said the 40-year-old was expected to be charged on summons with drink driving.
The car was a write off and was eventually taken away by tow truck drivers.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident and no other injuries were recorded.
The scene was cleared about 2am.